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  • This Congress is F-ing Unbelievable!
    Not only couldn't the Dems get the Republicans to kill the Bush tax cuts even for marginal income over $1 million/year (!!!), but the Republicans agreed with the Dems to extend unemployment insurance for another 13 months (!), and now I just saw from Reuters that they can't even kill the f-ing... More »
    Dec. 6, 2010
  • Allocation of the Federal Budget
    The 5 Min. Forecast has a super pie chart on the distribution of expenditures in the national budget: Click on graph for larger image. Of course, if drawn to scale, the income side of the federal budget would be much smaller - 57% as large.  Added debt is being used in 2010 to cover 43% of... More »
    Dec. 6, 2010 federal budget
  • Quote of the Day
    “Don’t offer the manager of a nuclear power plant an incentive bonus,” said the ever incendiary Nassim Taleb, author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable.
    Dec. 6, 2010
  • Testimonial
      Your services are very personal to me.  In my music business career as an engineer, I was mentored by legendary producer Tom Dowd who produced every great record from Aretha to Ray Charles then Clapton, (Layla), Allman Bros., Rod Stewart and so on.  I... More »
    Dec. 6, 2010
  • Trade Alert for the (SSO)
    After the Dow’s impressive 250 point blast off to the upside yesterday, my phone started ringing off the hook. Fundamental and technical analysts around the world were screaming at me that a major breakout was at hand, it was off to the races, and the “RISK ON’ trade was back... More »
    Dec. 6, 2010
  • Trade Alert for the (TBT)
    It’s time to get in on the greatest short play of the coming decade. I have been pounding the table that investors should pile into the (TBT), the 200% leveraged bet that Treasury bond prices would go down, since August. It rose 28% after that, rocketing from $30 to $38.40. Well, the... More »
    Dec. 6, 2010
  • The Mad Hedge Fund Trader’s December 28 Global Strategy Luncheon
    Come join me for lunch for the Mad Hedge Fund Trader’s Global Strategy Update, which I will be conducting in Chicago on Tuesday, December 28, 2010. A three course lunch will be followed by a 45 minute PowerPoint presentation and a 30 minute question and answer period. I’ll be giving... More »
    Dec. 6, 2010
  • Quote of the Day
    “We cannot continue to run trillion dollar deficits and remain a powerful nation,” said Leon Panetta, Director of the CIA.
    Dec. 6, 2010
  • A Global Thanksgiving Dinner
    I am back in action today, after partaking in three consecutive Thanksgiving dinners last week in Portland, Oregon. My large, extended, global family covers the full breadth of the political and industrial spectrum. We are all products of our histories. Those who grew up under Eisenhower,... More »
    Dec. 6, 2010
  • Your Engraved Invitation to Sell the Yen
    It is looking like the worm has finally turned on the Japanese currency. After tickling ¥80.20 for a nanosecond on November 1, it has swan dived. It didn’t even rally during Thanksgiving week, when Uncle Buck momentarily sold off against most currencies. We broke the 50 day moving... More »
    Dec. 6, 2010